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Chicago’s Action-Packed Rush Street is a Mecca for Foodies and Fashionistas

English: Rush Street State Street sign

English: Rush Street State Street sign (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bentley Gold Coast Showroom on Rush Street Cat...

Bentley Gold Coast Showroom on Rush Street Category:Images of Chicago, Illinois (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Who can resist sitting outside at one of the charming outdoor cafes on Rush Street in Chicago’s wealthiest and most prominent Gold Coast neighborhood?

Here’s a short video of some of my favorite Rush Street Destinations http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JT858R6N2gw.

The neighborhood has a Bentley dealership as well as a Lamborghini Dealership. There are also plenty of upscale retailers.

Gold Coast Lamborghini on Rush Street in Chicago

The street was named after Dr. Benjamin Rush, one of the gentlemen that signed the Declaration of Independence. The neighborhood is packed with gorgeous architecture, outstanding restaurants and  five-star hotels.  Two whole blocks of Astor Street, from Schiller Street to North Avenue, are listed on the National Register of Historical Places with many landmarked properties everywhere.

Some very prominent Chicagoans have lived in the tony Gold Coast: The Palmer House Palmers,  the Tribune McCormicks and the archbishop of Chicago. Pope John Paul II stayed at Cardinal John Cody’s fabulous residence in 1in the Gold Coast in 1979.

Remember, Chicago was designed as a “Paris on the Prarie”. Maxim’s at 24 E. Goethe St allows you to visit the “Golden Age” of Paris. The art nouveau décor is an exact replica of the famous Paris restaurant “Maxim’s de Paris.” There is an elegant spiral staircase and has been featured in films like Quentin Tarantino‘s “Inglorious Basterds” and Woody Allen‘s “Midnight in Paris“.

The Alliance Française at 810 N. Dearborn  is the home of the French cultural center. They offer French language classes, cooking classes, art shows and lectures. There are plenty of interesting things to do and outstanding dining options in the Gold Coast.

Morton’s on Rush Street

Carmine’s on Rush Street in Chicago

When the sun sets in Chicago, the night-life on the north end of Rush Street unfolds. There are so many restaurants, bars and live entertainment opportunities that it has been the favorite “Vino con Vista” destination for generations of local party-animals, tourists and fashionistas.

Live jazz at the Back Room

Hermes on Rush Street

Hugo’s Frog Bar on Rush Street in Chicago

Rush Street (Chicago)

Rush Street (Chicago) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rush Street (Chicago)

Rush Street (Chicago) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Have some spinach stuffed pizza on Rush Street and then shuffle over to Rosebud for some delicious Italian food.

Map of Rush St. in Chicago

Map of Rush St. in Chicago (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rush Street starts at the Chicago River between Wabash and State Streets and runs directly north to Chicago Avenue. It curves and continues to Cedar and State Street. This entertainment mecca is only about a  mile long.

English: Rush Street Sinatra Way Crossing

English: Rush Street Sinatra Way Crossing (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

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